Police warn to dispose of Christmas packaging carefully
December 27, 2012
As part of the effort to clamp down on post-Christmas thefts, police are advising households to be careful when throwing away packaging from presents.
The number of burglaries to homes in Bracknell Forest is now at the lowest level for over ten years, however Christmas is always a busy time for burglaries
Police say that packaging from Christmas gifts left outside the house, especially from expensive electrical items, are an advert to criminals on the look out for desirable loot.
Insp Jon Goosey, Deputy Local Policing Commander (LPA) for Bracknell said: “Dispose of boxes and rubbish discreetly after Christmas.
"Leaving boxes outside will give away the fact that you have new and valuable items in the house.
“Don’t let criminals spoil your Christmas.”
Chief Inspector Simon Bowden advised: "If you have to leave boxes outside your home, break them down and put them out on the morning of the waste collection."
Property marking UV pens can be used to protect property which acts as a deterrent to criminals and police say right after Christmas is a great time to mark up new presents.
For information about where to collect these from ring 101 and speak to your Neighbourhood Policing Team and more information on reducing crime is available from Bracknell Forest Council Community Safety Team on 01344 352000.